We've lost too many people in 2020.
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Kelly Preston died on Sunday, July 13 2020. She was only 57-years-old. Cause of death is breast cancer, something she’s been battling for over two-years. Her husband, famed actor John Travolta, informed the public of her death in this Instagram post…
Born Kelly Smith in Honolulu Hawaii, Preston rocketed to fame first as a model and then as an actress. She came to prominence in the mid-80s with roles in movies like Space Camp. Eventually she became a household name appearing in such iconic movies as Jerry Maguire, Twins, Waiting to Exhale, and From Dusk Till Dawn. Most recently she appeared in the 2018 movie Gotti, opposite John Travolta.
Kelly married John Travolta in 1991 and the couple have three children together. One, Jett Travolta, tragically died on a family vacation to the Bahamas. She is survived by her husband John Travolta, her 20-year-old daughter Ella and her 10-year-old son Benjamin.
Former Glee Star Missing And Presumed Dead
Former Glee star Naya Rivera is missing and right now authorities do not seem hopeful that she’ll be found. On July 8, 2020 her four-year-old son Josey was found floating alone in a boat that she rented on Lake Piru, California. Nay rented the boat earlier in the afternoon around 1pm . She took Josey out on to the lake and then later that evening around 5pm the boat was discovered with Josey, still wearing his life vest, alone in it. An adult life vest was still in the boat with him.
Authorities searched the lake until it became too dark to search any further. Josey is unharmed and was sleeping in the boat when they found him. The search will continue today, however authorities don’t sound hopeful. Right now the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department tells NBC LA that this is being considered a “horrible accident”.
Naya Rivera has been working since the early 90s where she appeared on such iconic shows as Family Matters, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Baywatch. Most recently she’s been a regular on the series Step Up: High Water. The name of her current show now seems somewhat ominous.
Naya Rivera shares joint custody of her son Josey with her ex-husband, actor Ryan Dorsey.
Sir Ian Holm Dies – June 19, 2020
Sir Ian Holm has died. He was 88-years-old. Holm was best known and most beloved for playing Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings, but he had a long and storied career on screen. Holm appeared in such films as The Aviator, The Fifth Element, Alien, numerous Shakespeare adaptations, and Time Bandits. Ian first started working as an actor in 1958 and never really stopped.
Ian Holm is survived in death by his wife Sophie de Stempel and here’s an official statement issued on his behalf…
“It is with great sadness we can confirm that the actor Sir Ian Holm CBE passed away this morning at the age of 88. He died peacefully in hospital, with his family and carer. His illness was Parkinson’s related. He was a genius of stage and screen, winning multiple awards and loved by directors, audiences and his colleagues alike. His sparkling wit always accompanied a mischievous twinkle in his eye. Charming, kind and ferociously talented, we will miss him hugely.“
Twilight Actor Found Dead At Age 30 – May 18, 2020
Gregory Tyree Boyce is dead at age 30. He was best known to the moviegoing public for his pivotal role in the first Twilight movie back in 2008. In it he played Tyler Crowley, one of the kids at Bella’s Forks High School. You’ll remember it was Tyler who hit Bella with his car.
Tragically, both Boyce and his girlfriend Natalie Adepoju were found dead in their Las Vegas condo. Cause of death for the couple has yet to be disclosed by the Las Vegas Medical Examiners office.
Gregory Tyree Boyce hadn’t really acted since his appearance in the first Twilight movie. He appeared in one video short back in 2018, but that’s it. According to E!, though he’d moved to Las Vegas to help care for his mother, he still regularly commuted to Las Angeles to apply for acting jobs and to visit his daughter.
Fred Willard Dies Of Natural Causes – May 15, 2020
On Friday May 15, 2020 we lost the kind, gentle, and hilarious spirit of legendary comedic actor Fred Willard. He was 86-years-old and according to his family, Fred died of natural causes.
Strangely enough there’s actually some confusion over his birthdate. Some sources say he was born in 1933 and others say he was born in 1939. So it’s possible that he may have been only 80, however 86 seems more likely. Birthday confusion amongst people born in that era isn’t as strange as it seems, record keeping wasn’t quite up to par in the thirties and with the Great Depression and World War II in full swing, things like that tended to get lost in the shuffle.
What matters is the lives Fred Willard touched by bringing joy to millions with his trademark deadpan humor. No one did deadpan better than Fred Willard and I suspect no one ever will. Willard worked right up to the end on making people laugh. He’ll appear in the upcoming Netflix comedy series Space Force, with Steve Carell.
Fred Willard is probably best known for his work playing a play by play announcer in the mockumentary Best In Show. He made numerous movies with Best In Show director Christopher Guest, including This Is Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind. But he appeared in hundreds of movies and television shows throughout his long career.
This was Fred’s last post on Social Media…
And just a few days before that Fred Willard was hard at work promoting his new show…
Legendary Comedian Jerry Stiller Dead, Seinfeld Fans Join Family In Mourning – May 11, 2020
Sad news out of Hollywood as beloved comedian Jerry Stiller has passed away at the age of 92 from natural causes. The news of Stiller’s passing came from his son, actor/director/producer Ben Stiller, who tweeted out this touching post…
Jerry Stiller had a most remarkable career that lasted more than 60 years. It all seemed to jump when he met his future wife, Anne Meara, in 1953. They married that same year. Together they formed the Stiller & Meara comedy duo that appeared together numerous times to include 36 appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show.
In his early acting career, Stiller could be seen in many TV shows from the ‘60s and ‘70s. He would appear in shows such as The Paul Lynde Show, Love, American Style, Joe and Sons, Phyllis, and Rhoda. During this time, though, he didn’t only appear on TV. Still also appeared in movies such as Airport 1975 and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three.
The ‘80s saw more of the same for Jerry Stiller. He was a reliable actor, as evidenced by the myriad of parts he played throughout the decade. He was seen on numerous TV shows which included Archie Bunker’s Place, The Love Boat, Trapper John, M.D., The Equalizer, and Tales from the Darkside. In 1986, he and Meara teamed up for their own show, The Stiller & Meara Show. 1987 saw Stiller team up for the first time with his son Ben in the movie Hot Pursuit. In it they played father and son burglars.
Jerry Stiller’s career continued as such for the rest of the ‘80s and into the ‘90s. He was seen in various TV shows but it wasn’t until 1993 that he truly began to jump into the spotlight. That is when Seinfeld called.
Stiller recalled, during a 2005 interview with Esquire, that he was not the first choice to portray Jason Alexander’s (George Costanza) father Frank. In fact, he was out of work when he went for the part. “My manager had retired,” he said in the interview. “I was close to 70 years old and had nowhere to go.”
When Jerry Stiller first played Frank, he was told to be the complete opposite to Estelle Harris, his wife on the show. She was an overbearing wife/mother who had a tendency to raise her voice. So at first he was quiet and non-reactive to Estelle’s screaming. But the character wasn’t working for him, so he suggested he portray Frank over-the-top with the ability to match Estelle scream for scream. Comedy gold. In 1997, Stiller earned an Emmy nomination for his part as Frank Costanza.
As Seinfeld ended, Stiller was just getting started. He moved on from one over-the-top pop to another as he landed a similar role in the Kevin James sitcom, King Of Queens. He held this role for the duration of the sitcom which lasted 9 seasons.
During that time, and throughout the rest of his career, Stiller continued to act in both TV and movies. He took more and more roles with his son Ben, which included Heavyweights, Zoolander and its sequel Zoolander 2, and The Heartbreak Kid. Stiller also penned an autobiography “Married to Laughter” in which he talks about his marriage to his soul mate, Anne.
This is a sad day for Hollywood and the Stiller family but also touching to know that Stiller & Meara are together again. Our condolences.